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Are braces painful?

The simple answer is yes and no.

It doesn’t hurt to get braces put on. The procedure is completely pain free, although it can take 1-2 hours to attach and secure everything. The orthodontist will glue the brackets onto the teeth, put the archwires on the brackets, and secure everything with elastic bands.

After the procedure, your teeth and gums may be a little sore. That’s just your mouth adjusting to the added pressure that the braces are applying to your teeth. The pain can last for up to a week and we suggest eating soft foods, such as mashed potatoes or macaroni and cheese, while you get used to your new braces. You might also want to take some ibuprofen or aspirin to help with the pain.


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In no time you’ll be used to having this metal appliance in your mouth and you might find that you don’t even notice it. It is possible that you’re going to experience little bouts of pain as time goes on. This is completely normal as it’s just your gums and teeth dealing with the pressure and the dental readjustment. Again, simple pain-killers and maybe even some cold food like ice cream will help you out.

If you’re really worried about the pain of sitting in the chair for a couple of hours and having the braces attached, you may want to think about Invisalign. It’s not pain free, but there is less sensitivity as it uses no wires or brackets. This is a new treatment where you place “invisible braces”, which are actually aligners that you can remove, in your mouth. You can eat and drink whatever you want, not have to worry about the elastics and the metal, and still end up with perfect-looking teeth.

For the best orthodontic treatment in Surrey, with certified Invisalign providers, come and see the friendly and experienced staff at Maduke-Bulat Orthodontics.

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